What is it that you want?
Is it peace, love, beauty, fame, health? Maybe all of the above, depending on the day or the circumstances.
I might also ask you what is it that you want to avoid?
Is it solitude, or rejection? Possibly boredom.
Maybe you want to live without fear.
If you were able to come up with a list just now, no matter how short it was, you are ahead. Some people are unable, or unwilling, to define what they want.
You have a focus, if not a goal.
“A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves as something to aim at.” ~ Bruce Lee
Now, the question is what do you have to do to reach that goal? Moreover, what are you willing to do to achieve it?
You might have to do things you don’t want to do.
Do you have to turn away from something, or someone? Do you have to be more proactive instead of reactive? Do you need to pick up the phone? Or just pull yourself out from under the temporary security and warmth of the covers on your bed?
Those things you might have to do could involve entering into realms of reality that thus far you have avoided, or denied.
Do you have to get another job to make ends meet? Do you have to sell a precious item that carries with it pleasant memories of a past life? Do you have to smile and accept the words of a person who just hurt you with her actions? Do you have to say you’re sorry?
Have you avoided these actions out of fear? Arrogance? Stubbornness?
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ~ Paul Cuelho
No matter what the reason, if you are not taking the necessary steps, as painful as those steps may be to you for one reason or another, you are denying yourself the satisfaction, peace, and harmony that comes from approaching a goal that you have set.
The difficult part of this is not the goal definition. No matter how great or how small the goal is, I believe that everyone has the ability, whether spoken or silent, to define goals.
The difficult part is defining what steps you have to take to achieve that goal and then having the courage and perseverance to complete each step, particularly when one or more of those steps makes you think twice about who you really are and how you define yourself.
In the end, the sacrifice is worth it. With the completion of the steps, you can not only achieve your goal, but also reach a new height of personal growth and a deeper understanding of the power of YOU.
“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” ~Abraham Maslow
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